Before they turned pro: Sahith Theegala
- Pepperdine Athletics photo
With the instant pro success of players like Collin Morikawa
and Viktor Hovland
, and the rise of other young players like Sam Burns
and Scottie Scheffler
, it can be easy to forget that the path to PGA Tour stardom is not guaranteed, even for those with standout amateur golf resumes.
Because the competition is so fierce, young tour pros must take advantage of opportunities when they arise. Take Sahith Theegala
(Chino Hills, Calif.), who won all three major college golf awards
as the nation's outstanding college player in his final season at Pepperdine. Theegala started his pro journey on the Outlaw Tour before earning status on the Korn Ferry Tour. There he was able to record consecutive top-10 finishes in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals, allowing him to earn his PGA Tour card.
Still, he had to rely on a sponsor's exemption just to get into the 2022 WM Phoenix Open. But he took full advantage of his opportunity, taking the lead through the first three rounds and proving to himself and everyone else that he has the game to go toe-to-toe with the best players in the world.
We first saw him in the 2014 Los Angeles City Amateur, when he blew away the field
as a 16-year-old. He was an AmateurGolf.com member for 5 years and played in our AG San Diego Amateur. Since then he has continued to climb the ladder, and appears to be well on his way to establishing himself as next young PGA Tour pro to fulfill the promise he showed as an amateur golfer.
Here are a few of the stories from our coverage of Sahith Theegala the amateur:
Three Hogan Award Finalists Named
Apr 21, 2020 - Sahith Theegala, Ricky Castillo, and John Augenstein are up for the award recognizing performance in collegiate and amateur golf